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National Investigation Agency

  • Published
    4th Jul, 2022

Context

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the probe into the Udaipur and Maharashtra killing.

What is the NIA?

  • Investigating Agency- It is a central agency mandated to investigate all the offences affecting the sovereignty, security and integrity of India, friendly relations with foreign states.
  • Formation- In the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in November 2008, which shocked the entire world, the then government decided to establish the NIA.
  • Power- The agency has the power to search, seize, arrest and prosecute those involved in such off

How wide is NIA's jurisdiction?

  • Territorial extent- The law under which the agency operates extends to the whole of India and also applies to Indian citizens outside the country
  • Government Servant- Persons in the service of the government wherever they are posted
  • Affecting the interest of India- Persons who commit a scheduled offence beyond India against the Indian citizen or affecting the interest of India.
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